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Whether serving the food and drink needs of consumers or sourcing ingredients and raw materials, success in the food industry depends on keeping abreast of the latest market trends in the Asia Pacific region.

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

What’s hot and what’s not in healthy beverage formulations? From chia to carrot fiber

Chia and quinoa are hot; fruit and veg fibers are cool again, and chamomile is still #1 for calming. But baobab - once touted as the ultimate super-food and healthy...

China faces growing beef shortages in spite of government efforts

Faced with a long-term decline in cattle stock and a widening gap in productivity compared to other producing countries, the Chinese beef industry is having a difficult time catching up...

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China poised to be world’s second biggest processing tomato producer

China is quickly gaining on Italy as the world’s second-largest tomato producer for processing, while California leads the way at number one.

‘India’s cold chain only fit to store potatoes’

Despite recent investments and government measures, the majority of cold storage in India is fit only to store potatoes, the New-Delhi-based PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said recently in...

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Asian cocoa grind up 4% in Q1

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Infrastructure needs to keep up with India’s dairy production gains

Milk production in the world’s biggest dairy producing country continues to grow quickly, with India seeing an increase of around 19% in the five years from 2006 to 2010.

Japan to get vegetable-flavoured ice cream tubs from Häagen-Dazs

Häagen-Dazs is calling on Japanese consumers to eat their vegetables after announcing the launch in May of two new, veggie-influenced ice cream flavours.

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

The organic food industry has been engaged in a 'multi-decade public disinformation campaign', claims report

Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief - promulgated by stakeholders with a vested interest - that they are healthier and...

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DPHP found in tubed drinking glasses

Drinking straws shaped as glasses have been recalled in more than 20 countries including Ireland because Di(2-Propyl Heptyl) phthalate (DPHP) was detected.

FSANZ toughens stance on cyanide harm from apricot kernels

Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the industry regulator in the Antipodes, has strengthened its cautionary stance on raw apricot kernels following findings showing that eating the seeds could pose a...

Fears of Indian mango shortage after only 50% of crop is harvested

India’s national fruit may break the bank later year with mangoes for domestic consumption in short supply owing to significant crop damage and rising export orders.

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Fruit + Java = Frava: NY-based start-up bets on naturally caffeinated juice

Being a minnow in a pool of sharks is both scary and exhilarating, admit the entrepreneurs behind caffeinated fruit juice Frava. But “in the worst case scenario, it’ll make the...

Fake duck blood investigation leads to more Chinese consumer anger

The exposure by a Chinese newspaper of a family-run business that has been selling fake duck blood laced with artificial additives has brought about a fresh wave of concern among...

Food-secure Oz needs greater productivity if it wants to stay that way

While Australia is currently one of the most food secure nations, its agriculture system must increase production by 2050 if it is to continue feeding itself and the wider swathes...

Major breakthrough for Scotch in battle to beat Aussie fraudsters

Scotland’s whisky industry is celebrating a “major breakthrough” in Australia, where this the spirit was registered as a certification trademark. The move comes after a long battle by Scotch Whisky...

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Mamma Chia CEO Janie Hoffman on saying no, not drinking your own kool aid, and managing explosive growth

Managing explosive growth is not a problem most entrepreneurs have to worry about. Most of them are too busy burning money, and wondering what on earth motivated them to give...

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

The cost of moving towards traceable and sustainable palm oil is marginal compared to the long-term effects of negative publicity, says Euromonitor.

Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber… and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda

There’s a reason why soda is generally sweet and comes in three flavors (cola, lemon & lime and root beer), because that’s what sells, right? Wrong, says DRY Soda founder...

AIG launches new tool to measure impact of recalls

American insurer AIG has launched a new tool to measure the financial impact and frequency of product recalls for food and beverage businesses in Australia.

Key Insights from Food Vision

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the amount of food grain that is at risk of being damaged by poor...

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Consumption of beer in Australia has reached its lowest level since 1946, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

The newly signed free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has drawn a mixed response from the food industry Down Under.

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